Welcome to the Spring Newsletter which contains a wide variety of information for Parents, Carers and the wider community.
We were delighted with our results in the School Performance Tables recently which you can view on our website by following the link http://www.greenbankhigh.co.uk/attachments/download.asp?file=398&type=pdf. They showed how strong we are as a school both in Sefton and nationally with pupils making outstanding progress whilst at Greenbank. Key to this is also excellent attendance. We recently received our Year 7 pupil numbers for September 2015. We are pleased to report that we have a full intake of 206 pupils showing Greenbank is a very popular choice of school.
It is a time of great reform in education presently. I have included at the end of my newsletter a section that outlines these reforms and how they could affect your daughter over time. Year 7 parents will be aware after receiving their first progress report about a new assessment model we are developing in the absence of levels as part of the new national curriculum. Year 8 will be opting for their GCSE subjects in the summer term in preparation for the whole new suite of GCSEs. Our current Year 9 will be the first year group to achieve 9-1 in their GCSE Mathematics and English Language and Literature instead of A*-G. We are planning carefully for these reforms to ensure very pupil is able to achieve their potential and beyond with a ‘can do’ mindset as a school community.
This term sees the growth in momentum as Year 11 prepare for their examinations to enable them to successfully access their next step in their ambitions. We have developed a study support area on the VLE, completed enrichment activities to help pupils revise and deal with anxiety, as well as offering numerous after school and holiday sessions to support their normal lessons.
Parental engagement and partnership is dear to us and we look forward to completing our final parents’ evenings over the next few weeks. We would like to thank parents for completing questionnaires available on the evening which have given us incredibly positive feedback but also some views on how we could make things even better. Thank you very much to those parents who have completed the OFSTED online survey ‘Parent View’. To gain your views about school I would like to invite you to complete the online OFSTED questionnaire at the following link http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/ to show OFSTED and ourselves the quality of education your daughter receives. Please if you have any issues you would like to share and have dealt with, contact myself or any member of my Senior Leadership Team to ensure you and your daughter receives the appropriate support.
As a school we are committed to promoting British values. Please read how we do this on our website at http://www.greenbankhigh.co.uk/attachments/download.asp?file=401&type=pdf. We believe that Spiritual, Social, Moral and Cultural education is a real strength at the heart of our school and welcome the opportunity to share how we engender these values in our pupils. Please take the time to explore our website at www.greenbankhigh.co.uk which has a wealth of parental support ranging from careers information and how we support More Able pupils to how we spend our Pupil Premium funding allocation. We are currently developing a new assessment area of the site which we hope will support you in raising awareness of how and when pupils are assessed so you can work in partnership with us.
I have attached important dates for your diary at the end of the newsletter which run up until the end of the academic year.
Mr I. Raikes - Headteacher